Say “Tuscany” and most folks will think of historic Florence…the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance…the glorious rolling landscapes…and the world famous cuisine. But Tuscany’s popularity has also meant that it’s often viewed as a place in Italy where only those with huge bank balances can afford to buy a dream home. But…and if you’ve been Read more...: Homes in Tuscany for Under $100K
The easiest money I ever made (and lost) was in the stock market. Here’s the story of my wild ride, and how I invest my money today… In 1999, when I was just 24-years-old and fresh out of university with a degree in finance, I found a “sure thing” investment. Ireland’s government-run telecommunications company Telecom Read more...: How I Got it So Wrong on the Stock Market
Last week, I spent two days scouting in northern Costa Rica, right at the border with Nicaragua. It’s unbelievably stunning. Lush, mountainous jungle spills down to a coastline of quiet bays and pristine Pacific beaches. I saw baby foxes, howler monkeys, colourful birds, and giant butterflies, all protected by a nature preserve. Everything feels neat, Read more...: Notes from Costa Rica’s Secret Coast
We all know that the housing market in the U.S. has gone crazy over the last 12 months. There has been a meteoric rise in prices…according to the National Association of Realtors, the median existing home price in September was up 13.3% from September 2020. And according to Goldman Sachs, in the next 15 months—through Read more...: Bigger-Budget Historic French Homes
Yesterday, I told you about Zoom Boom towns…internationalized destinations around the world that, because of the events of the last 18 or so months and the rise of remote workers, will see a surge of new renters, and renters who will stay for longer periods, even in low season. In the right location, this creates Read more...: In Pictures: What Makes This Zoom Boom Town Special
The small town of Pedasí, three miles from the tip of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula, has long drawn folks for its rich marine life. Because the continental shelf drops so fast, so close to shore, you can see whales, dolphins, turtles, or you can fish for tuna from a small boat within sight of land.
“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard International real estate is a serious business. Finding dream homes around the world for my readers is what I do. Homes that will make them money…homes that will give them a place to spend time in a beautiful Read more...: Quirky Homes in Europe
Digging deep into a real estate market takes boots on the ground and rubber on the road. It’s a philosophy I live by. And one that I’ve imparted to my team. As General George S. Patton said, “No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.” That’s why me and my scouts have been Read more...: Bargains in the Mountains of Italy
As you enjoy a coffee on your rooftop terrace in the early morning, you watch the sun slowly light up the brightly colored homes that blanket the hillside across the valley. Church bells toll. Heading down for breakfast, you pass through the interior courtyard, past the flowing fountain. As you move through your home, you Read more...: Colonial Homes for Profit and Pleasure
Here on Portugal’s Silver Coast, it’s the beaches that first impress. They are long, wild, and sandy—ideal for walkers. In the winter, the world’s surfers gather here to ride waves the size of multi-story buildings. And year-round, golfers come to play among the undulating dunes with their spectacular Atlantic views.